The Church, dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin, was greatly restored in 1969 and is probably well over a thousand years in origin.
St Mary the Virgin church now has a Facebook page. Please visit fb.me/StMarysUpleadon and ‘like’ the page to follow it and receive updates when anything is posted.
Our Vicar is Rev. Kat Mepham
COVID 19 Lockdown Update (5 Nov 2020)
My Dear Friends.
I was hoping we would not be in this position again but with our rapidly rising infection rate, even in our lovely rural area, the government have asked us to suspend our church services as we return to a form of lockdown.
In her letter to the diocese Bishop Rachel reminded us of John 1v5
‘And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it’. (John 1:5)
And that message of ‘Immanuel – God with us’ is the message we will share as we journey through this season of remembrance and on into Advent and Christmas.’
We are facing tough times and we will all face this new lock down differently – some will dread it , some will welcome it. But it is important that we remain connected and that we are family to each other over the coming weeks.
Here are some of the measures I am suggesting to keep our worshipping community in fellowship with God and one another.
• Sunday morning YouTube service. From the 15th Nov this will be live at 10.30 and can be accessed at: LeadonVale YouTube or go to YouTube.com and search for LeadonVale church, or check our website www.leadonvale.church I know that this is not ideal for everyone but we can sing hymns and don’t have to wear masks! (every cloud…). As it will be live I will encouraging more participation through the comments box. This helps us feel connect and community.
• Worship at Home pack. For those who can not access YouTube or struggle with this form of worship. We can deliver a pack for November – starting on the 15th. A simple say at home service with different thoughts for each Sunday .
• Remembrance – the latest guidance (and this may change by Sunday) is that we can have a short and simple Act of Remembrance at our war memorials if they are outside. We have been asked to encourage people to stay at home and stand on their doorsteps for the 2 mins silence. There will be a pre-recorded Act of Remembrance online for our Benefice where the wreaths will be laid and the roles of honour read.
• Zoom coffee meetings – we will re-instate these at 11.30 from Sunday 15th November – I will send out the code and instructions nearer the time.
• Connect groups – I would like to invite you to join a connect group. A group of about 5-7 who check up on each other regularly. You probably do this already but there may be some people falling through the gaps – or some (like me) who may have only joined us recently and don’t have support structures yet. The easiest way to do this is to let me know if you would like to be in a Connect group – and suggest who you would like to be with. I’ll collate asap and get back to you. The group can then set up a WhatsApp group, or phone chain for prayer and support. Going forward it would be great to use these groups for socials like quiz team etc – the options are endless 🙂
• Pastoral support – if you or someone you know would like a little extra pastoral support during the next few weeks please let me know as we have a team of volunteers who would love to phone you for a chat!
• Book group – we were planning to start a book group in January on Zoom – we will bring it forward to mid November if there is enough interest!
• Private Prayer – the guidelines have still not been updated but we hope to open most churches on Wednesday mornings 10-12 for private prayer. I will let you know if this changes
• 6pm Prayer – Bishop Rachel has asked us to start a 28day prayer chain at 6pm every day. You might like to set an alarm to remind you! She reminds us that ‘ Amid our lament and hope; longing and trust, we will proclaim that we are held in the unchanging love of God who hears our cries and walks with us through both our laughter and tears – God is with us’
One other thing – If you have filled in a GDPR form and I have contacted you directly (with this letter!) that’s brilliant. However if this has been forwarded to you please can you fill in the attached form and return it, which gives permission me to contact you! Please do forwarded this to anyone who you think might not have received it and I am so sorry if you have received this multiple times! My hope is to email weekly a brief update and communication.
My dear friends – I wish I knew you better as we head into ever changing times – but I know that God is with us and for us and we are not alone. Please do contact me if you can think of any other ways we can support each other well during this time,
Revd. Kat Mepham
Priest-in-Charge, Leadon Vale Benefice
t: 01531 557484
m: 07512 222635
What I need you to do now :
Fill in the linked form and return it to me. let me know :
• if you or someone you know would like a Worship at home pack
• who you would like to be in Connect group with
• if you would like more information about the book group
• If you or someone you know would appreciate a regular phone call.
• if you would be willing to be part of the phoning volunteer group 🙂
Church of England Guidance on COVID-19
The Church of England is engaging with the Government and issues guidance on Places of Worship. For more information, and to read the guidance provide by the Church of England, please follow this link: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-parishes
5 thoughts on “St Mary’s Church”
- Sheila Gibbons 28th January 2017 at 19:07. It is a beautiful church I never seen a church like this before, the tower looks really good it eye catch me when I when pass it. Loved it all in side the church.My local vicar Jeremy Goulston might visit if that ok.
- Jane 20th February 2017 at 21:14. Hi. I recently visited your beautiful church. I spotted the head of something in the masonry above the Nave which you can only see if you are in front of the altar. I couldn’t quite make it out. Could you tell me what it is please. Many thanks.
- Tim Kestin 6th July 2017 at 17:59. I would like to visit this church. What hours is it open ?
- Pauline Gibson 21st October 2017 at 20:44. What a wonderful Church. I am sorry we missed seeing it when visiting Gloucestershire earlier this year. I’m only seeing it now thanks to a friend on Facebook.My husband and I enjoy visiting the different Churches when visiting Britain and discovering their history.
- Melissa Hancock 20th May 2019 at 13:02. We visited this church about two weeks ago now. Trying to find out where my husband’s uncle was buried. His name was Thomas Albert Hancock, date of burial was the 9 October 1929, aged 30 years. Apparently, there is no record as to the exact spot, as we would have liked to place a memorial stone in his memory.Lovely church, so pleased we visited.